In Odyssey Theatre’s Lysistrata and The Temple of Gaia, the audience is brought forward in time as tourists to a not too distant future where humankind has continued on its path of self-absorbed entitlement and waste to have basically ruined the planet. The rich live with their slaves in enclaves, somewhat protected from the incredibly[Read More…]
Presented by the University of Ottawa Musical Theatre Society, Dogfight: The Musical is the story of Eddie Birdlace and his friends, all marines, in their last couple of days before deployment to Vietnam. The show title comes from the ritual tradition of marines competing to find the ugliest date, with the involuntary contestants ranked during[Read More…]
Step back into the 50s, where the squares were hip, the conformists were applauded, and the free-spirits were as feared as nuclear warfare, communism, and polio. Cry-baby is the campy, comedy tale of Wade “Cry-baby” Walker, orphaned leader of a gang of uncouth youths in a town of proud to be squares. We open at[Read More…]
A little romance, some family turmoil, and a bunch of laughs in Odyssey Theatre’s The Amorous Servant
The scene is set with Pantalone chatting up old chum Ottavio on behalf of Ottovio’s son, Florindo, recently booted from home after a quarrel with stepmom, Beatrice. Ottavio holds the belief that a happy home is giving in to whatever Beatrice wants, including the estrangement of his son and signing over the family fortune to Beatrice and hers.
The only thing standing in Beatrice’s way, and the only thing keeping abandoned and destitute Florindo (who, frankly, isn’t capable of functioning on his own in the world) from starving to death is Corallina. As the hero to Beatrice’s villain, Corallina vows to not only expose Beatrice and get Florindo home again but to get him the heart of his love, Rosaura along the way.
Sitting in the late show of Movin’ Melvin Brown’s A Man, A Magic, A Music, I glanced off and saw his silhouette projected against the side wall. Ten-feet tall. Larger than life. I knew that that was how I had to start this review because that’s the best way to describe him. Movin’ Melvin Brown[Read More…]
Luna is… I spent quite some time with just those words on my screen. Thinking of what I could say about this show, considering how to describe it in proper sentences. Then I decided just to run with what I had.
I worry that Carlyn Rhamey’s The ADHD Project may be overlooked because its title doesn’t presume to draw any particular attention (unless ADHD is already a particular interest). I worry that Carlyn Rhamey’s The ADHD Project may be overlooked by there being a lot of solo storytelling this-is-my-life shows that pass through Fringe, making it[Read More…]
Do You Want To Live Forever?: Delightful dance and poetry but no real investigation into the question. — #OttFringe
Do You Want To Live Forever? is a story told primarily through dance with a side of poetry added for good measure. It is the story of a man who has learned to live forever and is seeking a worthy partner. Or it is the story of a woman stuck in the doldrums of life[Read More…]
Hootenanny! Popular Australian children’s entertainers come to Ottawa, hilarity ensues — #OttFringe 2017
Popular Australian children’s entertainers, Hoot and Anny are on the Ottawa stop of their latest world tour. It turns out that this will be their final tour, but only one of them knows it. What starts out as a normal show, Annie announces it will feature a surprise announcement – which is news even to[Read More…]
Your Princess Is In Another Castle: The reality of loving mannequins, and other meta-cultural absurdism — #OttFringe 2017
In a world where mannequins are people too, reality TV is always watching everything, and the Leader of the Free World is decided by phone in vote, American Idol style, two actors help bring meta-cultural absurdism to its critical mass. Nancy Kenny is a superstar, let’s start there. She is a fantastic actress with a[Read More…]